This was a common challenge statement from our meeting with small group leaders and coaches. One thing I am encouraging you to do is to evaluate the quality (not quantity) of your quiet time.
The elements of our Sunday celebration services are what should be included in your quiet time. Worship, Prayer, Time in the Word. What this actually looks like will change from day to day and person to person. Set aside the time and allow the Holy Spirit to shape what that time looks like.
This past weekend, I prayed that God would help those in a spiritual slump. I’m reminded of David and his men that came back to a place called Ziklag. It had been burned down by the Amalekites and the women and children were taken captive. This messed up David and his men so badly, the Bible says they were physically worn out from weeping so much. David and his men were in a slump but verse 6 of 1st Samuel 30 says, “But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.”
David strengthened himself in the Lord.
Leaders, there is no worship song, leader, sermon, study, book, friend that David had available to him … but the Bible says David strengthened HIMSELF in the Lord.
If you’ve hit a wall in your spiritual journey, feel flat in your passion for Jesus or just have flat out plateaued, it’s time for you to strengthen yourself in the Lord. Carve out some time and communicate that to your spouse, accountability partner, family and others you trust.
Protect this quiet time. Turn the phone off, disconnect from the online social networks, shut the TV off, and be alone with God during this time. Find that physical location where you can be alone with the One that has so much in store for you.
Fast. Set some goals where you can bring the element of a lifestyle of fasting into your regular schedule. One day a month, One meal a week, something.
Fasting is about celebrating Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit on the inside of us to expand to a greater degree as we shut down the natural man and engage the spiritual man.
We’ve got to get the gunk out of God’s temple so we can hear His voice clearly and prepare ourselves for the new things He wants to do in and through us. Some things will only happen through fasting and prayer.
Pray. Talk to God. Tell Him everything about you. Tell Him everything about Him. Listen. As He speaks to your heart, write it down.
I’m praying for you and want to see your lives breakthrough in ways that people point to Jesus and say, surely the presence of God is in you. Always remember : As a leader, you can only lead people to where you yourself have been.
It’s time to dive in deeper.
It’s time to experience times of refreshing.
It’s time to experience a greater revelation. Let’s go!